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SF Airbnb Rules Would Pull Short-Term Rentals From Shadows
by Marisa Lagos with Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will discuss proposed rules for short-term rentals to protect the rental housing stock and ensure that hotel taxes are paid on the rentals.

Evictions From Rent-Controlled Units on the Rise in L.A.
by Andrew KhouriLos Angeles Times
April 14th, 2014
Developers in Los Angeles are evicting long-term tenants to demolish the properties and build luxury housing.

Steinberg Plan Would Dedicate Cap-and-Trade Dollars to Housing, Transit
by Jeremy B. WhiteSacramento Bee
April 14th, 2014
State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has proposed using the money from the State's AB 32 emission control program to build affordable housing and improve mass transit. Some money would also be used to fund the controversial high-speed rail project.

Assemblyman Levine Crafts Marin Bill to Ease Pressure for Denser Development
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
April 14th, 2014
Assemblymember Mel Levine has proposed legislation to make it more difficult to construct affordable housing in Marin County by reducing the density requirements for affordable housing projects. Because land is so expensive there, it would make it more difficult for developers to finance developments.

Momentum Builds for Ellis Act Reform
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 1st, 2014
Reform of the Ellis Act begins its journey in the State Legislature, but even a weak landlord response won't insure easy passage of the legislation.

How the Media Protected Leland Yee
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 31st, 2014
Leland Yee is the third pro-landlord Democrat to land in serious legal trouble. But Yee's ethical problems should have been obvious to anyone who was paying attention.

Concord to Fine Landlords Who Don't Wipe Out Bedbugs
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
March 28th, 2014
Concord landlords who fail to take steps to eradicate bedbugs at their properties will face penalties. Tenants Together helped to organize local tenants to address the issue.

East Palo Alto Rent Board Blasts City Manager for Spurring Program Head's Resignation
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
March 27th, 2014
Members of the East Palo Alto rent board slammed the City Manager for an audit that criticized the rent board's director. The City Manager had earlier ordered that the rent board assist landlords with filings, but not to provide tenants the same assistance.

Sacramento's Top Three Real Estate Democrats Indicted or Convicted
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
March 27th, 2014
TT Executive Director Dean Preston reports that the three Democratic State Senators indicted or convicted all support the real estate industry and oppose the extension of tenants' rights.

East Palo Alto Rent Board Slams Audit
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Weekly
March 27th, 2014
An audit of the East Palo Alto rent board has been criticized as "amateurish" by rent board members. Dean Preston of Tenants Together was interviewed for the article.

Single-Family Rental Home Giants Form Trade Group in Washington
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
March 26th, 2014
The hedge funds that have invested in foreclosed homes have formed a lobbying group in Washington.

How Many Hours Must Minimum Wage Earners Work to Afford Rent?
by Jolie LeeUSA Today
March 26th, 2014
In no state can a minimum wage worker afford the rent on a two-bedroom apartment working no more than 40 hours a week.

California Second Least Affordable State for Renters, Study Says
by Andrew KhouriLos Angeles Times
March 25th, 2014
A National Low-Income Housing Coalition study found that California tenants working for the minimum wage must work 130 hours a week to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment.

Housing Authority Makes Moves to Ease Cuts in Federal Section 8 Voucher Program
by Mark EmmonsSan Jose Mercury News
March 25th, 2014
Santa Clara's Housing Authority will reduce the tenant share of rent to 32% of income, and lift the amounts landlords can charge in rent. The Housing Authority had increased the tenant share of rent and reduced the maximum rent to address the funding cuts required by the government sequester.

Mid-Market Landlord Files Mass Eviction Lawsuit Against Tenants
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2014
The landlord of a Market Street building is attempting to evict tenants from his building even though he has no grounds to do so.

Mid-Market Landlord Files Mass Eviction Lawsuit Against Tenants
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2014
The landlord of a Market Street building is attempting to evict tenants from his building even though he has no grounds to do so.

The Sequester and the Homeless
New York Times
March 22nd, 2014
The sequester cuts have reduced the number of Section 8 certificates nationwide, and have reduced funding for programs to prevent homelessness.

California Bills Seek to Protect Tenants from Condo Conversion Evictions
Capital Public Radio
March 21st, 2014
TT Executive Director, Dean Preston, is interviewed on the tenant protections bills introduced in the State Legislature. The full interview is available on the original website.

Local Ellis Act Ordinance Gains Support from Supes
by David-Elijah NahmodBay Area Reporter
March 20th, 2014
The Board of Supervisors will discuss legislation that would require increased payments to tenants if a speculator uses the Ellis Act to evict them.

Tenants Ask City to Aid in Rescue of Troubled Apartments
by Claire MosesNew York World
March 19th, 2014
Tenants in 42 New York City apartment buildings want the City to force the properties into foreclosure. The investment groups that purchased the buildings tried to evict the rent-controlled tenants who live at the properties.

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